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Bradford: How good was he last year?

Short answer: not as good as you think.

Sam the Ram takes home the Offensive Rookie of the Year and we all celebrate. Good day to be a Rams fan and very nice award for our top pick. I can't believe no one else has mentioned this, but I have a few performance metrics that many Rams' fans may not want to see.

1. Since we love FootballOutsiders.com here, anyone want to talk about how Bradford's DYAR was 34th in the league? Lower than Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, Drew Stanton, former Ram Ryan Fitzpatrick (18th) and Alex Smith (yes, that Alex Smith.)

2. Maybe his DVOA was at least high? Nope. Still ranks 34th in DVOA.

3. Anyone want to mention that his yards per completion were the second LOWEST in the NFL behind only Jimmy Claussen?

So, before we start notching up the turnaround to Sam's great year, remember that the Rams probably would have been better off with 7th rounder Ryan Fitzpatrick commanding the team. Think about it: how many fans perceptions of Bradford vs. Fitzpatrick are based only the fact that Fitzpatrick was drafted later? Almost all. (I know they are in different stages of their careers, but I bet many people would not believe Fitzpatrick outplayed Bradford this year.)

Objectively, Sam simply was not as good as he is being given credit for. I said many times, the defense was the primary reason for the turnaround this season, but it is just easier (and sexier) to give the credit to the #1 draft pick QB than to say that a guy like Ron Bartell is playing at an All-Pro level.

I ain't hatin', I'm just sayin'.

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